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The “fascinating” (The New Yorker) tale of Athanasius Kircher, the eccentric scholar-inventor who used to be both an excellent genius or a crackpot . . . or somewhat both.

The pursuits of Athanasius Kircher, the mythical seventeenth-century priest-scientist, knew no bounds. From optics to song to magnetism to medication, he provided up innovations and theories for every little thing, they usually made him recognized throughout Europe. His celebrated museum in Rome featured magic lanterns, talking statues, the tail of a mermaid, and a brick from the Tower of Babel. Holy Roman Emperors have been his buyers, popes have been his acquaintances, and in his spare time he collaborated with the Baroque grasp Bernini.

yet Kircher lived in the course of an period of radical transformation, within which the previous method of knowledge—what he known as the “art of knowing”— used to be giving solution to the medical strategy and glossy idea. A guy of Misconceptions traces the increase, good fortune, and eventual fall of this attention-grabbing personality as he tried to return to phrases with a altering world.

With humor and perception, John Glassie returns Kircher to his rightful position as one among history’s such a lot unforgettable figures.

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9), together with Eq. 1), are all the laws of electrodynamics*. As you remember, the laws of Newton were very simple to write down, but they had a lot of complicated consequences and it took us a long time to learn about them all. These laws are not nearly as simple to write down, which means that the consequences are going to be more elaborate and it will take us quite a lot of time to figure them all out. We can illustrate some of the laws of electrodynamics by a series of small experiments which show qualitatively the interrelationships of electric and magnetic fields.

34-1 34-4 34-7 34-9 34-11 34-13 34-14 34-19 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35-1 . 35-4 . 35-7 . 35-13 . 35-18 . 35-19 Chapter 33. 33-1 33-2 33-3 33-4 33-5 33-6 Chapter 35. 35-1 35-2 35-3 35-4 35-5 35-6 32-18 Reflection from Surfaces Reflection and refraction of light . Waves in dense materials . . . The boundary conditions . . . The reflected and transmitted waves Reflection from metals . . . . Total internal reflection . . . . Chapter 34. 34-1 34-2 34-3 34-4 34-5 34-6 34-7 34-8 Refractive Index of Dense Materials .

40-1 . 40-4 . 40-10 . 40-18 . 40-21 Chapter 40. 40-1 40-2 40-3 40-4 40-5 . . . Hooke’s law . . . . . Uniform strains . . . . The torsion bar; shear waves The bent beam . . . . Buckling . . . . . . Chapter 39. 39-1 39-2 39-3 39-4 39-5 Ferromagnetism .

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